Provides a timelapse video of a full day’s activity across a defined area
Captures HD images as fast as every second
Ten times the battery life of the original Plotwatcher (up to 3 months!)
Built-in 2.5" LCD
Defined time-of-day for video start and stop
Simple on-board setup
1280 x 720 resolution
Includes GameFinder software
Runs on eight AA batteries (not included)
Unlike trail cams that trigger on short-range motion, the PlotWatcher provides a timelapse video of a full day’s activity across a defined area by capturing HD images taken as fast as every second. You can then review this video (in 3 minutes or less!) to track specific game movements and identify key travel patterns, including entry and exit points. The original PlotWatcher provides 84 hours of time-lapse video (7 days’ coverage), but the PlotWatcher Pro kicks it up a notch with ten times the battery life (3 months). Built-in 2.5" LCD for on-board camera set-up, video aiming, camera status messages, and defined time-of-day for video start and stop. SD card storage up to 32GB (not included); includes GameFinder software. Runs on eight AA batteries (not included). Color: Realtree AP™.
Rated 5 out of 5 by YoungBuck1969 Not your average time lapse camera
This is a great investment it is called the Plotwatcher because it does that and more. I read earlier reviews from some that obviously do not own the camera. This camera does not use a motion trigger in anyway. it takes a picture based on the time increment you set continuously for the time periods you set it. so no worries about the game you want to capture passing outside of the range of the motion detector to trigger a picture. It then combines all frames into an HD movie. I set it up along with 2 Moultrie IR55 Cameras, one mounted right under the Plotwatcher Pro and more than half the game to include bobcats, turkey, hogs, and deer were missed by the combined cameras and captured by the Plot Watcher Pro. The big positive on this camera is the battery life. I ran it from 6am to 10 am with a time lapse pause that I set to come back on at 3pm until 9pm for 21 days on 8 AA batteries. It used 7.3 gig of storage and still had 85% battery life. The down side is, it will work at night, BUT since there is no flash or light it records darkness. I don't hunt at night and still have the availability of a regular game cam in its place. But also because it has no light you will not alert the game at anytime either. We have all had a deer or turkey walk up and stare right at the camera as the Led flash went off. there is no wakeup time so you don't miss your game because it moved to quickly through before the camera woke up and it hides well in the wood line with the camo and a design that is not a box. In 21 days I was able to see how the animals traveled in a new area, and was able to discern where to place my archery stand based on several buck's that crossed the area. By the way the majority of the buck’s crossing were not captured by the other 2 motion trigger game cams. I am purchasing 3 more for other shooting lanes and for scouting new areas. Great for security too! I put a pictureof a bobcat moving down the backside woodline of my plot and a buck that crossed 80 yards from my stand and 75 yards from the feeder so no camera was set anywhere near there and without this i would have missed him.
July 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gaster Plot Watcher Pro
My wife bought me two of the Plot Watcher Pro's. After a month of using these cameras on my property they have turned out to be my favorite trail cams I own. I can watch a small creek bottom all day for game movement and have been very surprised with how many deer and turkey pass through the area. I can't say enough on just how well built these Plot Watcher Pro's are. Many game cameras I own feel cheap in my hands these Plot Watchers feel like a high grade camera.
July 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Code1 Day 6 Outdoors PlotWatcher Pro HD Game Surveillan
First, This "Pro" model has way more than 5 day battery life this is not the old model Plot Watcher. This camera will run for weeks using the 10 second picture delay and has many upgrades over the old model SD card, better battery life,field program LCD and so on. I have four of the old models myself also battery life is limited on the old model but even so it still does a good job for time lapse better than all the newhybrid/ trail camera models out there which I have tried myself(most all of them) looking for a better time lapse camera system for my own use. I also love the idea of the new hybrid trail cam/time lapse cams on the market but from my testing they all have very poor battery life in timelapse mode plus many of them have min delay settings for only 30 sec/1 minute vs 5 second on the plot watcher. The software that comes with many of these hybrid systems is also much slower overall to review a days images vs the plot watcher software even though at first glace they look about the same setup wise. I have sat many hours at the computar reviewing footage from different time lapse camera models and software it gets old fast having to spend a extra 10 minutes per camera to view the same 7 days footage. I also thought time lapse would be of no interest for me until I tried a plot watcher last fall I now own 5 plots watchers plus bushnells,covert,Reconyx and moultrie trail cameras which have time lapse modes. Time lapse and trail cams are totally different each have their own pluses my timelapse cams don't do night pics but my trail cams will also not watch a whole wheat field all day long covering large areas of FOV. Its just a different type of camera system. I will end my review by stateing in no way do I work for Plot Watcher or even the in the hunting industry, if you are looking for the best time lapse camera system on the market 2011 this is it period! I own 90% of the trail cams that do time lapse on the market as of today they work OK but not near as good overall. I think most all the trail camera companies out there would avoid head to head testing with their timelapse product vs this Plot Watcher Pro. Maybe next year a new product will hit the market offering even more performance I hope so I will buy it myself till then. I am ordering a second one of these Pro models myself right now from basspro can't wait to get it in the mail next week!
June 5, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Butzbach response to 1st reviewer
It does what other cameras don't which is to shoot continuously with no triggering required. It allows you to KNOW what is happening. Who cares what's there at 2AM? You can't hunt at night. This thing shows you what you can hunt when you can hunt.
All the benefits Plot Watcher points out are spot on.
For those complaining about battery life...if you set it to shoot every 10 sec. you will get 4320 pics for a 12 hour period. How many shots can your point and shoot take on a set of batteries? Think about it.
June 3, 2011
This camera is designed to watch large areas. How large depends on the available light and the contour of the land. Typically, it can see what you might see with your eyes. It can very easily cover everything that happens on a 5 acre food plot.
You can catch movement but not specific characteristics of a certain deer more than 100 yards or so. I use mine to strictly define travel patterns and then use my other cams to pinpoint a certain buck I want to chase.
Per the manufacturer, it is impossible to answer this question definitively. The best way to think about it is to imagine you are looking at it with the naked eye and you can see in a 52-degree fan angle from the surface of the camera. In other words, how well the camera will "see" is dependent upon how good and clear the lighting is at that time, how the terrain lies, etc. Typically, if you can see something with your eye, you will see it with the camera.
Another rule of thumb is that you can typically see deer moving at 300 yards. You can identify whether you are looking at a buck at about 150 yards. You can count points on a buck at about 75 yards. These are rough generalizations, but might help. In addition, you can go to their web site at www.day6outdoors.com and look at the accessory lenses that they sell. There you will see some sample pictures taken with each lens that show you what you might see at a given distance and width.
The PlotWatcher Pro comes with an adjustable strap that fits through slots molded into the back of the camera. In addition, there is a female receiver on the bottom of the camera that accepts a 1/4-20 threaded screw such as you typically find on a camera tripod mount.
I have been using mine on a regular camera tripod i painted camo. This way you can mount it anywhere even if there are no good trees. It has a built in Master Python lock holes moulded in the back plastic. You can also use bungee cords. Tree screw mounts are available that use the camera mount on the bottom.
there is a strap that mounts to a tree just like every other camera on the market. i am not aware of any after market mounts. i used a fence post i placed in the ground to cover a clear cut and it worked very well
It activates with daylight but you can adjust the timeframes. However, it does not have flash so it does not work at night. Flash would not work anyway because this covers a large area, i.e. when deer may be 100 yards away. A flash would not work tha far away.
Yes, that is what I like about it. It has two modes. One where it turns on when enough light is available for good photos or you can program the start time and stop time and it has an optional mid-day skip feature where it can hibernates for 2-3 hours in the middle of the day to save battery and memory but the battery and memory life is longer than needed. I let mine run from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.